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 DStar with Hotspot help 

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Hi, I hope someone out there can answer my query.
I have a Icom ID-51 which I have set up for Dstar operation and managed to get a couple of contacts.
I want to use it from my UK address and unfortunately I don't have good access to my nearest repeater (Amersham) GB7AU.
So bought a DV Mega hotspot which said it would give me what I need. It works well with DMR
But I don't know how to set that up, I have searched the usual sources without success.
So what I need is someone who has already done this and can tell me the magic method, or tell me where to find it.
Thanks in advance
Cliff


Thu May 17, 2018 1:40 pm
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Hi Cliff,

Is it a DVmega which sits on a Raspberry Pi, or a Bluestack one that talks to your phone/tablet using Bluetooth?

Either one can do D-Star, they just need to be set up differently.

FWIW, if it's the Raspberry Pi one, Google Pi-Star, that lets you get up and running very quickly indeed.

73
Stefan, MI0PYN


Thu May 17, 2018 9:59 pm
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Hi Stephan, it's a BlueDV which is connected to my PC by USB cable.
When I double click the icon, the window says "BlueDV for Windows"
Set up for DMR is easy.
73 Cliff G3NDC etc


Fri May 18, 2018 8:16 am
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Hi All, surely I can't be the only person using this setup!
I have the basic DStar radio working, all I need is the setup parameters for the DVMega.
If I am trying the impossible tell me what you use and I can change direction.
Help please.
Cliff


Sat May 19, 2018 8:39 am
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Sorry for not getting back to you sooner.

The BlueDV for Windows application sorts all the settings out for you, you just toggle the D-Star slider under the DMR slider. Nothing else to add AFAIK.

You can also take the dvmega off the Bluestack board and plug it on to a Raspberry Pi running Pi-star. That is also simple to set up, with lots of online videos.


Sat May 19, 2018 11:17 am
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Thanks Stefan, if only it were that easy!
In the setup menu, under DStar Module the initial value was set to D
Since I am using UHF 439,700 I also tried changing this to B
APRS is unchecked
Enable at start is checked
Default reflector is DCS600A although I have tried REF001
No response from the Hotspot.
Just using the radio on its own on 439,700 I can get into GB7AU if I go to a nearby hill.
I just need to trigger the Hotspot when I am in the shack.
73 de Cliff


Sat May 19, 2018 3:05 pm
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